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Wind gusts in excess of 70 mph could snap tree branches in Casper area

The beloved "leaning tree" in Washington Park falls to Wyoming Winds Monday, March 29, 2021. (Oil City Staff)

CASPER, Wyo. — High winds that could be strong enough to snap tree branches are expected to impact the Casper area starting on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Riverton.

Southwest winds of 35-45 mph with gusts around 60 mph are expected at lower elevations around Natrona County starting at 11 p.m. Monday. Outer Drive in the Casper area may see winds in excess of 70 mph.

A high wind warning will remain in effect through 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS in Riverton.

“Strong winds may snap tree branches,” the NWS in Riverton said. “Blowing dust may occur, reducing visibility. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. People should secure loose items on their property. Use caution if you are out driving.”